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Instructions to Authors


Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, published by Oxford University Press in association with the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, is a law journal dedicated to in depth discussions of important studies of and in law. Each issue consists of several symposia on a book or a research project, which entail critical comments by commentators and a response by the person whose research project it is.

The JRLS engages books and other research projects in all methodological disciplines of legal theory, and of all legal areas. The projects discussed are chosen by the editors based on their importance, theoretical significance, interest, and influence. The JRLS ensures that the selection of commentators is such as to encourage critical examination of the relevant work both from within the relevant subdiscipline, and from related fields and subdisciplines.


Contributors will retain the copyright in their work. They will, however, be required to grant Oxford University Press an exclusive license to publish the article in paper and electronic form, and to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article. Contributors will be asked to confirm that their work is original and has not been published elsewhere.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at OUP authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


JRLS authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in (Journal) can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


All contributors of published articles will have free online access to their article, to which links can be created from an institutional or firm website. If paper offprints are required, an order form and relevant prices can be obtained from the journal’s Production Editor at proof stage.


Please note that the JRLS does not accept unsolicited materials. All copy shall come from the symposia and their commentators. Comments should be up to roughly 5000 words, and the response up to roughly 10,000 words. A copy of all material should be sent to the editorial office. If you are interested in holding a symposium on your book or research-project, please contact the editorial office.

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the following requirements:

  • The manuscript must be prepared using a word-processing package (save in .doc, .docx or .rtf format).
  • Author name(s) and email address must be included.
  • Author affiliations and acknowledgements should be included in the form of a footnote to the author name.
  • References/footnotes should be according to style (see below).
  • Titles of comments should include a shortened version of the title of the book being discussed. If the title is not already included, the following subtitle will be added during copyediting: '[Main Title]: Discussion of [Shortened Book Title]'


This journal follows Harvard Bluebook style. For guidance please see our mini style checklist.

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In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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